Summer is coming, you need a cool swimming diaper

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swim diaper is a diaper that is made for those who have incontinences and is to be worn underneath a bathing suit, or as a bathing suit. Swim diapers serve the purpose of containing fecal waste.

Swim diapers can be reusable and disposable. They are not intended to be absorbent. Typically, it is assumed that a swim diaper should be absorbent, or contain urine, like a regular diaper. However, the purpose of a swim diaper is only to contain solid waste; the lack of absorbency prevents the swim diaper from swelling up with water.

Some public pools require swim diapers for use by young children and the incontinent out of hygiene concerns. For the same reason, other pools do not allow swim diapers at all. Sick children who are not potty-trained and do not wear swim diapers may be responsible for the transmission of e. coli from fecal matter.

When not used properly, or when using inferior products, health experts caution that swim diapers may not protect pool water against communicable diseases, such as norovirus.

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The Cutest and Best Priced Bibs You’ll Ever See

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Let’s talk about our bandana bibs. When a baby is teething, they drool.

Our super absorbent bandana bibs will keep your baby and their clothes dry.

They also keep baby clean and stylish during those early months when baby seems to spit-up a lot.

They are not only functional, but adorable as well!

The snaps are adjustable so they fit tiny babies as well as toddlers.

Another thing that is great about our snaps is that they are gentle on the skin (unlike velcro closure bibs) and they stay on better.

Whether your outing is a playdate at the beach, park, or a special occasion, our bandana bibs will keep your baby dry while maintaining style.

The front is a soft cotton fabric, and the back is a super absorbent fleece material that is soft on skin.

We have a large selection of bibs, and you are sure to find some that will fit any occasion!

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The diapers are leaking. What’s wrong?

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Does the diaper need to be changed?
Any diaper will leak once full. If your baby is having problems with leaks, check this first. The vast majority of the time we hear this question, additional absorbency or more frequent diaper changes solves leakage problems.

Make sure that you washed everything at least once before using.
If you have organic cotton or hemp diapers, they must be pre-washed in hot water with a small amount of detergent 3-5 times before they become absorbent. They reach their full absorbency after 10 washes.

Is the insert flat?
Make sure that the insert is flat when you put the diaper on your baby. If it is twisted or wadded up, this can cause leakage. A Hemp Babies Diaper Doubler placed on top of your insert can prevent the wadding that can occur with some babies.

Is the wetness at the top edge of the diaper?
Make sure that the insert isn’t pushed up too far in the front of the diaper. The insert should be placed approximately one inch below the top edge of the diaper. The top edge of the diaper should be flat against your baby with the soft fabric against your baby’s belly.

Is the wetness at the legs, label or the tabs?
If the diaper is leaking from the tabs or the legs, change the diaper and remove the insert. If it is saturated then your baby needs a more absorbent insert or a more frequent diaper change. If the insert isn’t saturated, then the diaper may not be adjusted to fit your child properly.

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12 Things I Learned in Just Six Weeks of Parenting

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Being a new mom is hard. You’ve probably read a ton of books and sites with conflicting advice, not to mention lots of well-meaning but often frustrating tips from friends and family. It can sometimes feel like parenting a baby is a study in futility. So let me add to that pile with some things I have genuinely found useful to know, laughed at, or otherwise discovered in the past six weeks of parenting as a very new mom.

1. Absolutely nothing will go the way you hope/plan/expect, in both good and bad ways. In the six weeks since my daughter was born, she has had to spend a week in the NICU due to a (minor) infection, I found out I couldn’t breastfeed, our new car’s battery went to hell, and my husband developed a temporary eye palsy and now has to wear a patch like a pirate. So good luck planning anything, basically.

2. Babies do not give even a single fuck about what they are “supposed” to do according to any parenting “guide.”

3. All “guides” about things like making your baby sleep on his back, perfectly flat, only apply to ideal babies who don’t have reflux or care about being close to you. I’m going to tell you right now that your baby will probably have reflux and want to be near you, because most of them do. Adjust accordingly.

4. Your home will become a wasteland of baby paraphernalia, used and unused, like some kind of infant version of Mad Max. Mostly it will be unused things you thought you “must” have but your kid hates with a fiery passion. Like, for instance, the bassinet.

5. Baby poop comes out at roughly the same velocity as a rocket shooting for the moon. It’s pretty funny even when it’s shooting at you.

6. After feedings babies get milk drunk. It’s awesome.

7. Get a pediatrician you can call with all your stupid questions because you will have them and it’s OK and they will make you feel better instead of stupid.

8. What’s more terrifying than how much you love your kid is how much they need you and the sense of responsibility you now have for this tiny life. It can sometimes be paralyzing, but you get through it, and only check that they’re breathing every five minutes instead of every two.

9. Babies are pretty cute, but they also make faces like Dick Tracy villains and it’s pretty weird.

10. Make Tv playlists of shows.  you can watch during 2 a.m. feedings so that you don’t nod off on your baby. I recommend Community or any 30-minute sitcom because that’s the perfect length for keeping up a baby with reflux after a feeding so they don’t yak everything up and, mostly likely, onto you.

11. Seriously, take care of yourself or you’ll be useless to your kid. It’s OK to put them down sometimes. Really.

12. I suspect that after another six weeks of parenting I will have a new set of revelations because none of us knows what we’re doing. PARENTING.

15 Ways To Help That Friend With A Newborn

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Somehow my baby is 10 weeks old, and I’m already reflecting on the earliest days as a scary yet sacred memory. In thinking about those first moments, I have to say that I’m blown away by the support our little foursome received from our friends, neighbors and family. Our peeps simply stunned us with their creativity and practicality in lending their aid.

Since it’s fresh in my mind and new mommies everywhere are constantly in need of assistance, I thought I would share the wealth. Here are some great ways to help out your new favorite baby mama:

1. Set up a meal train. One of my best friends did this for me after both of my births. What a loving gesture and lifesaver! and are two awesome websites that make food calendars easy, for free. We had people bringing us meals for three whole weeks.

2. Bring dinner (or breakfast or lunch). Whether or not there’s a meal train in place, taking your friend a substantial meal for her whole family is a surefire way to fulfill a need. People brought us everything from our favorite take-out to homemade casseroles. Leftovers are a major plus. And if dinner doesn’t work for you, step outside the box and offer breakfast or lunch. Families need food all day (let me tell you).

3. Offer a Target or Costco run. The day I went into labor, nine days early, I had HUGE shopping lists ready for Target and Costco. Thankfully, upon getting home from the hospital, I had two different friends randomly ask if there was anything they could bring me from these staple spots. Yes and amen! Don’t ask unless you’re ready for a list, though. I didn’t hold back because they were really close friends, and they definitely brought me some goods.

4. Bring a surprise grocery delivery. In those first few weeks, sometimes accessing the part of your brain that tells you simple things like, oh, what your family needs to survive, just feels like TOO MUCH. Unexpected grocery loads were the best. Some ideas: Case of water bottles (especially if she’s nursing), older-kid snacks, fresh fruits and veggies, ready-made salads, a rotisserie chicken, nutrition bars, trail mix, even a frozen pizza. Think hearty snacks, ready-to-go goodies and super fast meals.

5. Come pick up their older kid(s) for a few hours. Oh, my. What a blessing! In the second week, my same friend who made the meal train (EVERYONE needs a friend like her!) came and picked up our 2-year-old for an entire morning so she could play with some other kids while I enjoyed some quality time with my baby. I couldn’t believe how serene and pristine my house felt without a wild toddler! It felt like vacation. Almost. (Kids tend to lower your standards.)

6. Take mom, dad and the newborn out for a great dinner. I never would’ve thought to offer this, but a few weeks in, my friend asked, “Hey, instead of bringing you a meal, would you want to get a sitter for the toddler and we can take you guys and the baby out for dinner?” Especially with my second baby, I was SO into this. I hadn’t left the house in six days (gross) and couldn’t wait to talk to adults. We had such a fun night! And super-new babies are a piece of CAKE to take on the town when you’re used to toddlers. (Again, lower standards.)

7. Clean their house or pay to have it cleaned. My mom was over pretty much every day for the first few weeks after the birth. To my benefit, she can’t stand a mess, so whenever she wasn’t holding my baby or wrangling the tot, she chipped away at bringing a semblance of order to my newly crazed household of four. She cleaned out our pantry, fridge, excess of toys, even MY JUNK DRAWERS. Yeah, plural. If cleaning’s not your thing or your friend would be annoyed by your rummaging – be sure to ask first! – consider hiring a service as an outside-the-box baby welcome gift. What mom wouldn’t love that?

8. Hold the baby while mom naps or showers. This one’s easy. “Hi! I’m coming over to watch your baby so you can finally wash that frightening mane of yours or attempt to get some rest between nonstop nursing sessions.” Even 30 minutes of freedom feels luxurious to a postpartum mom. Standards, please come back someday?

9. Go get their car washed. Speaking from ultra-fresh firsthand experience, it’s going to be a very long time before it’s easy for your friend to get her vehicle washed again. Take it for a cleaning, your treat, to restore the car’s tolerability and a piece of your friend’s dignity.

10. Bring a gift (for the older kids, too). Gifts are always welcome. Diapers, clothes, toys – anything, really, as long as it’s crazy practical or crazy cute. Major bonus points if you pick up a gift for the new baby’s older sibling(s). This is likely a huge time of upheaval for everyone, and any gesture to make the big kids feel loved is greatly appreciated.

11. Don’t overstay your welcome. My friends, thankfully, are awesome at this. I’ve honestly never had a God-help-me lingerer. But in that vulnerable time of mom nursing, baby fussing and hormones raging, it’s best to not overstay your welcome. Don’t count on meeting your friend’s new baby as your Saturday night’s main event. Stop by, share some love (and maybe some cookies), move on.

12. Be sensitive about bringing your kids over. Every new mom is different; some care and some don’t care whether or not you bring your own kids when you pay them a visit. I know my pediatrician explicitly said to avoid having other children in the house for the first two weeks, so in the earliest days, I was cautious. After that, I couldn’t have cared less. In general, just communicate with your friend. If you do bring your tykes, just keep them from putting their hands all over the infant or running wild. Moms of newborns have enough insanity flying around without your offspring increasing the crazy.

13. Wash your hands. Before holding the baby, just go ahead and reach for the hand sanitizer likely lying about in plain view or scrub your hands with some soapy water. This will save your friend from having to feel like a nagging matron. She’s already not exactly feeling sexy or fun.

14. Affirm and encourage your friend. Pour out the sincere words of encouragement. Tell your friend she’s doing a great job, she looks amazing, her baby is beautiful, and if she’s really struggling, that this too shall pass and it’s more than normal to be feeling a little desperate. You might be the only other soul she sees that day besides her own tiny humans, so make your visit uplifting, meaningful, good.

15. DON’T ask: “What can I do?” Chances are strong that if you ask your friend what you can do to help, she will reply, “Nothing, I’m fine, thanks!” So, see the above suggestions and ask about specifics from there. Many women won’t take the leap to ask you outright for food or a good house cleaning.

I sincerely hope these are useful! And now I have to go because the help has stopped and small people need food again and my standar

5 Ways Chores Prepare Your Kids for the Real World

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The world is a huge and daunting place, and even if our kids act like they’re ready to take life by the horns, there are some important lessons that they need to learn before jumping into the great unknown. Before our kids can become gold medal Olympians, the first astronauts to travel at the speed of light, or the inventor of the bacon car, they’ll need to learn how to keep their bedrooms clean.

According to a recent survey, 82% of over 1,000 parents said they had chores as kids, but only 28% of them require their kids to help around the house. The same survey found 75% of respondents said that chores made kids “more responsible,” while 63% said chores teach kids “important life lessons.”

This has also been true for my three kids, Abigail (16), Elliott (14), and Luke (6). Through regularly assigned, age-appropriate chores and rewards, they are taught a variety of life lessons to prepare them for high school, college, and eventually starting a family of their own.

As parents, it’s hard to imagine the day when our kids will leave home, but that day will come (and usually it’s a lot faster than we want). So before that happens, it’s important to foster the skills that help develop our kids into functional adults, and chores are a great way to teach responsibility and work ethic.

Here are a few examples of how chores are preparing our kids — young and old — for adulthood.

Chores for younger kids

Gets them into the habit of doing daily tasks

Our kindergartener, Luke, can’t mow the lawn (even though he would love to) and isn’t ready to open a checking account. So we keep his chores and rewards very simple: make your bed, brush your teeth, get dressed, and put your dirty clothes in the laundry. These might not seem like difficult chores, but they allow Luke to get into the habit of doing daily tasks that he can easily do without being asked or helped.

Allows them to exercise their decision-making skills

Like most 6-year-olds, Luke isn’t motivated by money because he doesn’t really understand the value of it. He’s as likely to think a candy bar is worth $10,000 as he is a car is worth 25 cents. As the youngest, Luke wants some control and wants to have a voice within our family. So when he completes a certain number of chores, we reward him by allowing him to pick family activities like watching Air Buddies (again) as a family, or having “Taco Tuesday” dinners. With these rewards, Luke can feel like an active member of our family, allowing him to exercise his decision-making skills.

Shows them that patience and hard work pay off

He can also complete multiple chores to earn a larger reward, like a Star Wars Lego set or a new Nintendo DS game, all of which require more effort and time. Luke might brush his teeth every day for a week all in an attempt to get a reward he really wants. He understands that hard work and patience pays off, and he will in turn consistently ask for more tasks to do when he knows there is a reward waiting for him.

Chores for older kids

Teaches them the value of time and money

For my teenagers, Abigail and Elliott, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, or keeping their bedrooms clean is no longer a chore. Though it may not get done as often as we’d like, they’re at the age where they do these tasks with little or no reminders. Instead we will have them wash the van, help reorganize the garage, take the dogs for a walk, or mow the lawn. While these chores might keep them from doing things with their friends for an hour, they give them the money to do the activities they want.

As the oldest, Abigail is not instantly gratified like her younger brother. Instead, she earns points (by doing chores) to pay for her cell phone plan or gift cards to her favorite stores. It’s a slightly different approach than giving her a cash allowance, mostly because we never have cash on hand, but also to keep us both accountable for what has been completed and earned.

Elliott has a similar plan, but his rewards alter with time. Sometimes he earns screen time to play Minecraft, or gets a pass to see a movie with a friend. For a bigger reward, he can earn a new game that he wants for the Wii U.

Soon (fingers crossed), the two will have summer jobs where they can make their own money and spend it how they see fit. While they haven’t had to manage money, they’ve already learned how to work hard and save to get the things that they want. They understand that if they want to go to the movies, or buy a game, or even get a car, it will require time, effort, and savings to earn.

Shows them the power of rewards and motivation

Whatever my kids choose to do as they grow up — whether it’s an artist, a scientist, an actress, or an entrepreneur — the skills needed to do those jobs will require practice. And practice requires time and motivation. But motivation isn’t easy, even as an adult.

I find myself using mundane rewards to help get me through a day, whether it’s getting an afternoon coffee, a new gadget, or even taking a nap, these little rewards can help push us through difficult tasks to reach our goal.

No matter how you define rewards, they are a great way to motivate your kids to do their daily tasks and create life-long habits — they feel accomplished, acknowledged, appreciated, and an important part of the family, which gives value to their hard work.

Reading time!! There Is No Summer When You Have A Toddler

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I vaguely remember a time when I counted down the days until summer.

I, of course, was of school age and summer meant no tests or teachers or forced games of dodgeball, for which my vertically challenged ass was always picked last. It meant afternoons in the pool and evenings with popsicles in hand and Elton John blasting from my boombox. (Don’t judge; “Crocodile Rock” was the jam!) It meant sleeping in and staying up late and, on rare occasion, there was even a random day trip to Walt Disney World.

But summer’s now? Wait, is it summer already?

You see, I am the parent of a 2-year-old child. Children under 5 have no structure, aside from mealtime and naptime, and even those are games of toddler roulette. There are no seasons, or days, with a small child, because every day is the same. Every day starts with a diaper change and demands for milk and Elmo, and every day ends with demands for cookies, Elmo, and a diaper change. (What do kids see in that little red furball anyway? I was a Super Grover and Snuffy sort of gal.) We sing “Wheels on the Bus” 50+ times a week, so much that I’ve found myself secretly wishing that the driver will have a heart attack and hit the guardrail, shattering the axle and ensuring those damn wheels stop spinning. And we have snacks on the kitchen floor while we color or paint. Before you get excited by the variable “or” and think, “oh variety!” every craft project ends in a pile of shredded paper on the floor, so it makes no difference after all. In fact, everything ends up on the floor — blocks, books, tupperware, every toy we own — and every night I spend at least 30 minutes cleaning up this toddler tornado. Nothing is new or unique, and from 6 a.m until 8 p.m. we live a life that would make Phil Connors blast his — and Punxsutawney Phil’s — head right the mess up.

So this idea of summer, well, let’s just say it doesn’t excite me because 1) I don’t get to sleep in, 2) Lord knows I can’t manage to stay up late anyway, 3) Days off are a joke, and 4) Cocktails before 4 p.m. are frowned upon. (Go figure!) Instead, summer is just one long, sweaty, mosquito-infested day.That said, there is one thing I am looking forward to, the same thing I look forward to every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: daycare. My daughter is in part-time daycare; this means that I get a few hours of respite every week to work and go to doctors’ appointments and do all that other fun stuff I now associate with free time. (Let me tell you, I had the most relaxing MRI a few months back!) Sure, I could pull her out of school for the season and “do things with her,” like go to the zoo or playground, but at the risk of sounding shitty, why? Why screw up her semi-routine and rob me of my sanity?

Let me be clear: I love my daughter, but she’s two. Two. To put that in perspective, she hasn’t even been on this planet for 1,000 days yet. I have cans of tuna with expiration dates older than she is! She eats Kix off of the floor and tries to play with kitty litter. Will she appreciate the beauty of the botanical gardens or a day at the waterpark? No. In fact, no toddler will. They may enjoy the sights, for a bit, and smile as you feed them ice cream from an overpriced snack shack they have on the premises, but no matter what you do, the day will end in tears and fraying sanity. (I’ll leave it to you to decide who is crying.) At school she has great teachers who watch over her and enrich her in ways I just can’t while working, and she has built in playdates, which means I don’t have to initiate awkward mommy “friend” conversations at the park.

So for those of you having a “70s style summer,” enjoy. I’ll think of you every morning, with a bit of longing and a whole hell of a lot of envy, when I rise at 6 a.m. and begin doing the same thing I did yesterday again today, and well into tomorrow.

When it’s time for baby’s first food?

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Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of baby’s life. After that you can start with introducing solid foods. Up to six months baby’s digestive system is not yet fully formed and simply is not ready for something that is not milk. Delaying the introduction of solid foods reduces the risk of allergic reactions. When you think it is time to start with solid foods, you should first consult pediatrician.

What is the best food for the beginning?

If you ask ten pediatrician this question, you will get ten different answers. Each pediatrician has their number of foods for the baby’s first food. The reason may be that there are no any major scientific evidence that will point to a certain solid foods. Your baby will show you if she or he like the food or not.

Rice flakes

In the market there are rice cereals for babies, enriched with iron, which are recommended as the first baby’s food. Rice cereals are easily digested and rarely cause allergies. Porridge with rice flakes can be made with mother or adapted milk, and with boiled water.


Apples are good first fruits for babies. At the beginning give just one teaspoon of the apple juice daily, for a week. After that you can give your baby apple puree. Most babies accept fruits as a first food, but later may refuse less sugary foods such as vegetables or unsweetened cereals.


Many mothers decide to give babies potato as a first solid food. Boiled potato (without any additives, especially salt) has a sweet and pleasant taste that most of the babies like.


Unsalted cooked carrots can also be a good food for beginners. Mash the carrots with a spoon, add few drops of milk (breast or formula) and offer your baby.


If you start with solid foods in autumn pumpkin is the right choice. Baked pumpkin have sweet taste that babies love.


Although during the first few years of baby’s life bananas play one of the largest role in nutrition, it is not very suitable like a first solid food. The only reason is the sweet taste that can make a problem for a later adjustment to a less pleasant taste.

Solid foods are introduced in baby’s nutrition gradually. Because of possible allergic reactions to some foods, should wait at least three days to the introduction of new foods. This will ensure if your baby gets allergic reactions (diarrhea, bloated stomach, gasses or itching) on what has reacted. If in the family there are people who are allergic to certain foods, you should be careful with introducing them to your baby.

Nevertheless, it is good to get used the baby to accept eating a wide range of foods, so it will get used to the taste and texture of each.

Every baby has a unique taste but shifts in diet should go like this:

  1. Semi fluid porridge
  2. Mashed or blended porridge of fruit or vegetables
  3. Chopped foods containing meat and other foods rich in proteins.

5 Baby Foods You Can Totally Make At Home

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1. Milk Porridge with Apricots

All it takes is whole milk, baby porridge oats, and soft, dried apricots. It’s best to puree the dried fruit into the porridge if your baby is too young for finger food.
2. Single-Serving Pumpkin and Carrot Cubes

Cook until soft and then puree with a stick blender. Pour into ice cube trays to freeze for future consumption.
Tip: Put a full day’s worth of cubes into a freezer bag for super-convenient serving.
3. Homemade Yogurt
It’s easy, cost effective, and the perfect base for baby treats. All you need is pasteurized whole milk, a cup of store-bought yogurt, and patience. Here’s a guide for starters. Try mixing in your baby’s favorite fruit puree!

4. Rice Porridge

Tip: Put the rice in the food processor before cooking. It’ll cook faster AND be easier for your tot to eat. You can also puree the cooked rice and add it to milk formula!

5. Pureed Leftovers

An awesome way to repurpose your leftovers into a hearty soup for babies. Simply rinse off the seasonings of the previous night’s main dish and puree it with a blender or food processor.

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